October 9, 2017

No. 17 Ohio State Set for Road Match at Oakland Tuesday

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Oct. 9, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State men’s soccer team travels to face Oakland at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday at Oakland Soccer Field in Rochester, Mich. The Buckeyes (7-3-1, 3-2-0 B1G) are returning to action after falling against No. 2 Maryland, 1-0, last Friday in Columbus. The match vs. the Golden Grizzlies (4-8-0, 2-3-0 Horizon League) will be streamed on ESPN3.

THE BASICS
Tuesday, Oct. 10 | No. 17 Ohio State at Oakland | 7 p.m. ET
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DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Buckeyes sit in sixth place in the Big Ten standings with nine points after a 1-0 setback vs. No. 2 Maryland last Friday.
  • The team is ranked No. 17 by TopDrawerSoccer.com and receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.
  • Ohio State will play four games in the month of October against Top 25 teams, including three in the Top 10.
  • The Scarlet and Gray broke the program-record for consecutive shutouts (6) from Sept. 1-22. The team went 6-0-1 in the month of September.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Scarlet and Gray are sixth in the Big Ten standings with Wisconsin with nine points. Maryland leads the league with 14 points.
  • Ohio State ranks No. 16 in the second RPI poll of 2017. Seven 2017 opponents sit in the Top 40.
  • Last time out, the Buckeyes fell, 1-0, at home against No. 2 Maryland last Friday in Columbus.
  • Abdi Mohamed leads the Buckeyes with 10 points this year (3g, 4a). Nine different Buckeyes have netted goals this fall. Parker Siegfried is 7-3-1 with a 0.75 GAA and seven shutouts.
  • Nate Kohl was named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate. Ohio State has won the award in two of the last three years.
  • Joshua Jackson-Ketchup was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while Siegfried was honored as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 5. Jackson-Ketchup has seven points this season (3g, 1a).
  • The Buckeyes return four starters from the 2016 squad and welcome 18 newcomers. Fifteen of the 18 newcomers are freshmen.
  • The Scarlet and Gray bring back their leading point scorer in Kohl, a second team All-Big Ten selection with 14 points (6g, 2a), a year ago. Mohamed, honored as a second team selection, also returns after scoring 11 points (4g, 3a). Siegfried is back too after earning All-Big Ten Freshmen honors in 2016.
  • The Buckeyes were picked seventh in the Big Ten preseason poll. Maryland was the preseason favorite followed by Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan and Penn State.
  • Robertson joined Kohl and Mohamed on the Big Ten Preseason Honor List.
  • The 2017 incoming class ranked seventh in the country by College Soccer News. The Buckeyes were one of four schools in the nation to have three straight Top 10 classes along with North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia. The group hails from three different countries, while five members are natives of Ohio. The incoming Buckeyes feature seven defenders, five forwards, four midfielders and two goalkeepers.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State fell, 1-0, against No. 2 Maryland last time out Oct. 6 in Columbus. The match was scoreless for more than 84 minutes until the Terrapins scored in the 85th minute when Sebastian Elney finished off a cross from Jake Rozhansky at 84:25 from six yards out for the 1-0 advantage. Amar Sejdic began the chance with a run from the far side for the second assist. That would be the deciding factor tonight as Maryland outshot the Buckeyes, 23-9, with a 5-2 lead in corners. Parker Siegfried made a career-high 10 saves, including two penalty stops in the second half. Hunter Robertson started in his 75th career game, which leads all active Buckeyes.

ON THE ROAD

  • The Buckeyes are 2-1 on the road in this season.
  • The match Tuesday evening will be the first non-conference road game in 2017.
  • The OSU defense has collected two shutouts and are holding opponents to 1.67 goals per game and 9.33 shots per game.
  • Abdi Mohamed has three points (1g, 1a) with nine shots, including four on goal.

SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES
Oakland is 4-8 overall and 2-3 in Horizon League play. The team is 0-1 against nationally-ranked opponents this fall, dropping a 2-1 match against No. 24 Western Michigan Sept. 13 in Rochester, Mich. Austin Ricci leads the team with 16 points (8g, 0a). The Golden Grizzlies have used three goalkeepers through 12 matches. Sullivan Lauderdale is 2-3 with a 2.55 GAA and 17 saves in 459:38 minutes of action.  

OHIO STATE VS. OAKLAND
The Buckeyes are 12-1-2 all-time vs. the Golden Grizzlies. Last year, Ohio State shut out Oakland, 3-0, in Columbus. Abdi Mohamed scored a pair of goals and Nate Kohl also netted a goal vs. the Golden Grizzlies.